Monday, December 30, 2013

On subverting the Catholic Faith

Modernism. Syncretism. Indifferentism. New Age. Novelty. Read about how the Faith has been and is being subverted at The Old Evangelization blog. For starters, there's this short article on modernism:

Subvert The Catholic Faith With This One Weird Worldview

Lots of good info packed in a short article, including a link to Pope St. Pius X's encyclical on Modernism's doctrines. From the article:

"Because modernists love novelty, being dissatisfied with the Church as it is, they try to reform her in a host of areas. Philosophy, theology, history, worship, morals - no area of the Church's life evades their attempts at reform."

Sadly familiar, no?

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

From Bishop Fulton J. Sheen's Life of Christ:

"History is full of men who have claimed that they came from God, or that they were gods, or that they bore messages from God--Buddha, Mohammed, Confucious, Christ, Lao-tze, and thousands of others, right down to the person who founded a new religion this very day. Each of them has a right to be heard and considered. But as a yardstick external to and outside of whatever is to be measured is needed, so there must be some permanent tests available to all men, all civilizations, and all ages, by which they can decide whether any one of these claimants, or all of them, are justified in their claims. These tests are of two kinds: reason and history. Reason, because everyone has it, even those without faith; history, because everyone lives in it and should know something about it.

Reason dictates that if any one of these men actually came from God, the least thing that God could do to support His claim would be to pre-announce His coming...With this test one can evaluate the claimants. (And at this preliminary stage, Christ is no greater than the others.) Socrates had no one to foretell his birth. Buddha had no one to pre-announce him and his message or tell the day when he would sit under the tree. Confucious did not have the name of his mother and his birthplace recorded, nor were they given to men centuries before he arrived so that when he did come, men would know he was a messenger from God. But, with Christ it was different. Because of the Old Testament prophecies, His coming was not unexpected. There were no predictions about Buddha, Confucious, Lao-tze, Mohammed, or anyone else, but there were predictions about Christ...What separates Christ from all men is that first He was expected...A second distinguishing fact is that once He appeared, He struck history with such impact that He split it in two, dividing it into two periods: one before His coming, the other after it...A third fact separating Him from all the others is this: every other person who ever came into the world came into it to live. He came into it to die."

Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Culture War is a Religious War

Again, the battle is primarily a religious battle, though leftists insist it is about tolerance. No, it consists in converting you and I from the faith of our fathers to the faith of the social policies of leftism (which includes a syncretistic mish mash of marxism, socialism, relativism, eastern and new age philosophies, atheism and even corrupted Christian doctrine, etc).

Michelle Malkin has written an article titled: GLAAD: Lethal Enforcers of the Left's Tolerance Mob

In it, she details some of the persecution Christians have been undergoing by the homosexual group GLAAD. From the article (do read it all):

"GLAAD has worked tirelessly to marginalize and suppress the free speech of Christian leaders, Christian businesses and conservative talk-radio hosts dating back to their infamous Dr. Laura boycott 13 years ago. The group’s mission is not about equality or defending against “defamation.” It’s about silencing critics, making open debate radioactive, demonizing people of faith and making even the slightest perceived slight a hate crime.

Last year, GLAAD speech-squelchers issued a blacklist of 34 Christian commentators they wanted networks to ban from their air for “extreme” views (read: opposing gay marriage). Earlier this year, GLAAD attacked the National Geographic Channel for partnering with the traditional values-promoting Boy Scouts on a reality TV program. GLAAD is free to start its own Gay Scouts, but instead chose to harangue NatGeo for refusing to run a “disclaimer” at the beginning of each show condemning the Boy Scouts’ leadership policies.

It’s not enough to live and let live. You must repent and genuflect before the self-serving gods of selective progressivism. That’s why GLAAD forgave Hollywood director Brett Ratner for using the word “fag.” He was allowed back into the protected Hollywood club after submitting to GLAAD reeducation camp and appearing in GLAAD public service announcements. Bill Clinton, who authored both the Defense of Marriage Act and the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policies so reviled by the homosexual lobby, ended up receiving a GLAAD “Advocate for Change” award earlier this year — for changing his mind when politically expedient."

This generation suffers the soft persecution of mockery, suppression of free speech, and financial destruction. Your children and grandchildren will suffer worse if they maintain the Faith. If they do not maintain a Catholic Faith, then the loss of their souls will be the ultimate price they pay for a temporal peace.

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Bow Down

Don't let anyone tell you they don't worship anything. We all worship something or someone. From The Peoples Cube via the Treehouse.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

From the Shroud comes Mary's Face

This is a forensic artist's rendering of the Virgin Mary from the Shroud of Turin. Bishop Fulton Sheen said Jesus got his looks from His Mother. More info on the image here. And here's an interesting article from the indomitable Ann Barnhardt on the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption.